Use this mat to help reinforce spellings and to help children to practice new words.
See example activity below from the 'Let's Go with Bee-Bot Activity Book'.
This activity is great for children who know how to spell their names or other familiar words. It allows Bee-Bot to be programmed and spellings to be reinforced. New words can be
practiced and children can write clues to spell messages. This activity
works best with just a couple of children at a time. Once it has been
introduced to a class, pairs can take turns to use the Bee-Bot and the mat.
Look at the alphabet mat with the children. Can they find the letters
to write their name? Try starting with just the initial letter. Can
they program Bee-Bot to move onto all the other letters?
Make sure there is a definite starting point for the Bee-Bot and all the children are familiar with it. Ask the children to write a set of instructions for Bee-Bot to write their name. Bee-Bot should pause on the correct letter. This set of instructions can be
written on a card. Once all the children have completed this, challenge
them to pick up a card and predict the name. They can then type it into Bee-Bot to check.
This activity can be developed into writing words, making instructions for the spelling words of the week etc.
Cross Curricular links
Literacy Year 1
Spell with increasing accuracy and confidence, drawing on word
recognition and knowledge or word structure, and spelling patters
including common inflections and double letters.